About West Berkshire Museum

West Berkshire Museum is housed in two of Newbury’s best loved historic buildings - the 17th century Cloth Hall and the old Granary/Corn Stores in the Wharf.

Lives and Landscapes
Our permanent exhibition tells the story of West Berkshire, from the rocks under our feet to the stories of the people who have lived here. It also looks at historic local events which have had international resonance such as the Greenham Common protests and national events such as the battles of Newbury which are featured alongside quieter leisure pursuits such as horse racing and theatre going.

For information about how to find us please visit Plan Your Visit.

Special Exhibitions
Our first floor galleries host a series of special exhibitions, along with Gallery 5 which can be hired to display original artwork, sculpture and crafts. For more information about the current exhibitions please click here.

About Us
We are a modern, community museum working with, listening to and welcoming everyone who lives, works in or visits West Berkshire. Our friendly team is a mixture of staff and volunteers working together to give visitors a fun visit.

We encourage everyone to enjoy their visit in their own way. We welcome photography and sharing on social media, we want to hear your comments and we provide family-friendly activities throughout the galleries.

Visitors can buy a range of books and souvenirs in the museum shop. These range from pocket money gifts to specialist books on local topics.

Entry is free but donations are most welcome as they help us to buy new items to display, maintain our historic buildings and
conserve our collections.

Research Enquiries
If you have an enquiry about your family history, local heritage, the museum collection or about identifying an object, please download and complete an enquiry form and email to museum@westberks.gov.uk

The museum café serves hot drinks, including freshly made coffee and hot chocolate. Cold drinks in adult or child portions are also available. We offer a range of cakes and slices made by a local baker in addition to several gluten free options. Allergy advice is available from our staff. The café operates a loyalty scheme so don’t forget to pick up your card.

Room Hire
The Cloth Hall, on the second floor is ideal space for meetings and events. We also hire exhibition space in Gallery 5 to display original artwork, sculpture and crafts. Unfortunately, our learning space, The Long Room, is currently unavailable to hire for community groups and clubs. Please visit West Berkshire Museum : Venue Hire.

Opening hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Open 10am - 4pm
Thursday Open 10am - 4pm
Friday Open 10am - 4pm
Saturday Open 10am - 4pm
Sunday Open 10am - 4pm

Guided Walks Cloth Hall


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